Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.77
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.51 / 14.00 Brooke Moran
Professor & Chair of the Sustainability Action Committee
Recreation & Outdoor Education
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,501 177
Number of sustainability courses offered 5 18
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 16 14

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

A detailed email re: STARS was sent to department chairs, asking if their courses fit the sustainability criteria; Chairs then reported back to the chief investigator of this section. As data was entered into a spreadsheet, course descriptions were reviewed for fit to the categories.

The registrar used software to determine how many undergraduate and graduate course were offered from Summer 2014-spring 2015.

Fall 2015 MEM courses were added to the list.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Undergraduate courses counted 1x no matter how many sections were offered. For example, ROE 351 is offered 2x/year, but was only counted once.

Graduate courses were counted for each offering. For example, MEM 620 & 625 have multiple sections with VERY different curriculum (e.g., Social License vs Sustainability Consulting and Leadership Development); hence, each section was counted.

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

- Education stated that the do not have sustainability / sustainability-themed courses.
- Art reported that while some professors do use reclaimed materials and may touch on sustainability, it is not regularly a part of courses.
- Exercise and Sport Science has health & wellness aspects of courses (e.g., social sustainability), but sustainably is not targeted.

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